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How to Handle Fear of Coming to Our Office
Posted on 11/15/2019 by Winning Smile Dental Group
Visiting any kind of doctor can be stressful for most people. We understand that it can be daunting at times and you may be afraid of us causing pain or giving you bad news about your oral health, but we pride ourselves as the friendliest office around. We take steps to provide the most professional care possible and take our patient's individual needs into consideration for every visit. We will always consult you before we do anything to your teeth and make sure that you are comfortable with it. If you face fear before coming to our office, there are some steps to take before coming in to help handle the fear. Steps to Take Before coming into our office, we recommend that you write down any issues you have been experiencing since your last appointment. We notice a lot of fear comes from being unable to accurately describe a problem. Write down your concerns whether it is pain in a certain tooth, general discomfort, or just a question you would like to ask us. This way we can help you to the best of our abilities when you come in. An added benefit of writing down what you would like to discuss before coming in is that you will not forget to ask about anything. If you are coming in for a regular teeth cleaning, we ask that you brush your teeth beforehand. It may seem counterintuitive since we are cleaning your teeth, but we can save you a lot of time if you come in with clean teeth making your visit only as long as it needs to be. Alongside brushing, we recommend flossing and using mouthwash if you have any. This will prepare the surfaces of your teeth for plaque removal and we will not have to spend time preparing your teeth. If you have a child who is fearful of the dentist, we take measures to make the experience fun. We also try to educate your young one on the importance of teeth care while they are here, so they know it is not just you telling them they cannot eat candy for every meal. If you or your child are fearful of coming in for a visit, give us a call. We will be happy to explain anything you need to know about our office and provide any information that you need....

Snoring Needs to Be Checked Instead of Just Ignored
Posted on 10/25/2019 by Winning Smile Dental Group
Most of us take the quality of our nightly sleep for granted until something unexpected happens. The effect of chronic insomnia can have a significant impact on our overall health and day to day operations. What happens when sleep becomes more of an impossible task? What will you do when your sleep is affected by snoring, chronic sleep apnea and insomnia. Snoring these days is extremely common. While we may not consider snoring to be a serious issue, in many instances, it is. While many people who snore do not snuffle and grant in their sleep, the truth of the matter is that snoring will always reduce the quality of your sleep. Moreover, it can also lead to tensions in your relationships, especially if one of you happens to be a lighter sleeper. Snoring and Sleep Apnea On many occasions, snoring is quite harmless. However, in some cases, it's usually a sign of an underlying problem. One of the most severe issues associated with snoring is sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a dangerous health problem, and thus, we highly advise you to act as quickly as you can. With this disorder, people snore because there is a blockage within your airways. Sleep apnea can stop breathing for one second or two and thus it's quite dangerous and should be treated as soon as possible. Snoring Makes Your Teeth Suffer Apart from affecting your overall health, chronic snoring can also impact your overall oral health. Snoring tends to reduce the amount of saliva in your mouth and the process, increasing the amount of resistance and friction on your teeth. As time goes by, this can impact on your overall dental health. A great example of dental disorders that you are likely to develop include the burning mouth symptom, halitosis, tooth decay, gum diseases, mouth sores and dental infections....

How to Keep Your Mouth Healthy During Illnesses
Posted on 10/15/2019 by Winning Smile Dental Group
When you get sick with any type of illness, your main focus is on doing what you need to manage the symptoms and to get over the illness. The only thing worse than getting sick with any type of illness is if the illness creates other problems. Your oral health is at risk any time you are sick. In addition to dealing with whatever is making you sick, you should also learn what you need to do to keep your mouth healthy, so you don't run into new problems after the illness. The Things You Do When You Are Sick When you are sick, there are several things that can happen that can impact your oral health. One obvious problem is if you suffer from vomiting as a result of the illness. When you vomit, stomach acids will come into contact with your teeth and gums. The response to vomiting is to brush your teeth right away. This can actually spread the acids around the teeth instead of removing them. It is better rinse out your mouth with a mixture of water and baking soda to neutralize and remove the acids and then to brush about 30 minutes later. Another common thing to do when you are sick is to turn to cough drops and cough suppressants. While these can help with some of the symptoms you have, they are often high in sugar and can damage your teeth and gums. This is especially true with cough drops that you keep in your mouth until they dissolve. Turn to sugar-free products to help maintain your oral health. Stick with Some Basics When you are sick, it is important to stay hydrated. Dry mouth can lead to cavities and if you do not drink enough, this could present a problem. The best thing to drink is water, but if you do turn to other fluids be careful about the amount of sugar in them. The best way to keep your good oral health during an illness is no different than when you are healthy. Following a good oral hygiene routine is the best way to maintain good oral health at any time. It is harder when you are sick, but no less important. Contact us today and schedule an appointment to keep your teeth as healthy and happy as you can....
All Posts:

How to Handle Fear of Coming to Our Office
Snoring Needs to Be Checked Instead of Just Ignored
How to Keep Your Mouth Healthy During Illnesses
What to Know About Cavity Treatment
How Long Should You Expect Whitening from Our Office to Last?
Is Produce Able to Help You Floss if You Can't?
How to Make Good Oral Choices When Snacking
Drinks You Should Avoid to Keep Your Oral Health Up
Does Eating More Fiber Help Keep Your Oral Health in Good Standing?
Mouthguards Can Help You Sleep if You Snore or Struggle to Breathe
How You Develop More Cavities by Sleeping with Your Mouth Open
When Is the Last Time You Brushed the Roof of Your Mouth?
What White Bread Can Do to Damage Your Teeth
It Is Important You Do Not Bleach Your Teeth Too Much
Is Beet Sugar Any Safer for Your Teeth?
TMJ Issues Can Leave You with Ringing Ears
Times Where You Need to Consider Covering Cosmetic Dental Issues with Veneers
Crowns Need Special Care or They Could Break
Crooked Teeth Can Lead to Many Oral Health Problems
Managing the Pain of a Dental Abscess
Lowering How Much Sugar You Consume Can Help Improve Your Oral Health
What Options Do You Have for Tooth Whitening Procedures?
What Missing Teeth Do to Facial Aesthetics
Battle Bad Breath with Foods You Eat
As a General Dentist, We Can Help with a Wide Array of Dental Problems
Signs Your Enamel is Starting to Get Weak
Do You Really Need to Use a Tongue Scraper?
Do You Need a Fluoride Supplement?
What to Look for When Buying a New Toothbrush
What to Eat to Quickly Freshen Your Breath
The Importance of Good Oral Health if you Have a Blood Disorder
How Does Tooth Loss Affect Seniors?
Many People Do Not Have Their Oral Health Prioritized Properly
How to Get Past the Fear of a Root Canal
Does Warm Weather Actually Harm Your Mouth?
Does Sensitive Teeth Toothpaste Really Help?
Does It Hurt to Floss Too Much?
Dangers of Brushing Your Teeth Too Often
Times Where Gingival Contouring Could Improve Your Oral Health

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